Board Announces Selection of Presidential Search Firm

The Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents has selected Academic Search to assist in the search process for the University’s 12th president.

In making the announcement today, Board Chair Gary Abney said the Board’s evaluation “included a careful review of all responses, reference checks and interviews with representatives from each responding firm.”

Abney noted that Academic Search, based in Washington, D.C., has assisted with more than 700 presidential searches since its founding in 1976. The firm has assigned two senior consultants to assist EKU in its search process: Dr. James B. Appleberry and Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser.

Appleberry is president emeritus of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and of Northern Michigan University, where he served as president for eight years. He was also president of Pittsburg State University in Kansas. He also has authored numerous articles on the future of higher education and served on a number of national, state, and local boards and committees, including the NCAA Presidents Commission and as vice chair of the National Center for Education Statistics Advisory Council. He received his bachelor’s, master’s and Education Specialist degrees from Central Missouri State University and completed his doctorate at Oklahoma State University. He holds distinguished alumni awards from both universities, as well as nearly a dozen honorary doctorates.

Hauser is the past president and CEO of Kauffman Scholars Inc. and presently serves the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation as a Senior Fellow. Her career has included a variety of leadership roles in private foundations, higher education institutions, and the public policy arena. In other leadership roles, she was vice president for advancement and external relations at Metropolitan State University of Denver and executive director of its foundation. Her background includes teaching assignments at UCLA, the University of Denver, and in Colorado State University’s executive MBA program. She has held research and legislative staff roles as well as positions with the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education and the University of Arizona, her undergraduate alma mater. Dr. Hauser earned her master’s and doctoral degrees from UCLA and is a graduate of the Wharton Advanced Management Program.

EKU’s 12th president will succeed Dr. Doug Whitlock, who in August announced his intention to retire, effective July 31, 2013.

The establishment of an 11-member Presidential Search and Screening Committee was announced earlier this month. The Committee represents the key constituencies of the University: the EKU Board of Regents, EKU Foundation Board, faculty, staff, students, alumni and the local community.

Craig Turner, vice chair of the EKU Board of Regents and chair of the Board’s Finance and Planning Committee, will chair the Presidential Search and Screening Committee. Other members are Tom Coffey, EKU Foundation Board; Janet Craig, EKU Regent; Tonya Tarvin Crum, president, Alumni Board, EKU International Alumni Association; Dr, Malcolm Frisbie, EKU Faculty Regent; Steven Fulkerson, EKU Staff Regent; Ernest House, EKU Regent; Bob Roberts, at large; Madelyn Street, Student Regent; David Tandy, EKU Regent; and Ed Worley, community.

Published on October 18, 2012